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Washington (AFP) Sept 12, 2019
The United States said Wednesday it was encouraged by North Korea's stated willingness to resume negotiations but criticized its latest firing of projectiles as counterproductive. "It was an encouraging sign that they would like to return to negotiations and that's something we welcome," State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus told reporters. "We're committed to talking and negotiati
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Washington (AFP) Sept 13, 2019
President Donald Trump said he believes that Iran's leadership wants to talk, adding to expectations that he is trying to arrange a summit with his Iranian counterpart at the upcoming UN assembly. "I can tell you that Iran wants to meet," he told reporters at the White House. Trump has repeatedly indicated he is ready to meet with President Hassan Rouhani, who is expected to attend the U
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London (AFP) Sept 12, 2019
Britain on Thursday awarded a 1.3-billion pound ($1.5-billion, 1.4 billion-euro) contract for its new fleet of warships to a UK firm that will keep jobs at historic but struggling yards. The Babcock International consortium said it will begin manufacturing the five Type 31 general-purpose frigates in 2021 and deliver them in 2027. The ships will be assembled in Scotland and involve supply cha
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Washington (UPI) Sep 12, 2019
Saab has delivered the first Brazilian Gripen E aircraft to start the initial flight test program in Sweden. The delivery was marked by a ceremony in Sweden on Tuesday. The ceremony was attended by Brazilian military officials, the Brazilian ambassador to Sweden, and Saab business representatives. The test flights will be performed in Sweden until the end of 2020, when the aircra
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London (AFP) Sept 13, 2019
Climate activists planned to fly toy drones around London's Heathrow Airport on Friday in a controversial effort to shut down Europe's busiest travel hub over the weekend. The campaign by Heathrow Pause - an offshoot of the Extinction Rebellion group backed by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg - had been set to kick off shortly before the international airport opened at 04:30 am (0330 GMT).
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Washington (UPI) Sep 12, 2019
The State Department has approved potential foreign military sales to Morocco worth $986M for TOW Missiles and additional F-16 ammunition. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced both sales foreign military sales on Thursday, after they notified Congress of the potential deals. At $209 million, the F-16 ammunition sale would deliver to the Moroccan government 5,810 MK82
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Geneva (AFP) Sept 12, 2019
Washington's top envoy for Syria rejected Thursday an allegation put forward in a UN report that some US-led air strikes in the conflict-torn country could possibly be categorised as indiscriminate attacks, amounting to "war crimes". James Jeffrey, the US special representative on Syria, dismissed findings published in a UN report on Wednesday suggesting that the US-led coalition had with a
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Samarra, Iraq (AFP) Sept 13, 2019
Accused of links with the Islamic State group, hundreds of Iraqi families have been evicted from displacement camps only to find their hometowns and tribes angrily refusing their return. Left in limbo, they represent the complex legacy of the IS sweep across Iraq, which is keen to move on two years after ousting the jihadists but apparently unable to reconcile its traumatised communities.
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Washington (UPI) Sep 11, 2019
A report released on Wednesday by Taiwan's defense ministry calls for closer alliances with the United States, Japan and other countries in a rebuke to China's military threat. The annual National Defense Report of the Ministry of Defense outlines strategies for countering China, and Taiwan's continued role as a "defender of peace" in the region. It encourages the Indo-Pacific Strategy
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Tehran (AFP) Sept 11, 2019
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani told his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in a phone call on Wednesday that talks with the United States would be "meaningless" unless it lifts sanctions. The White House on Tuesday said US President Donald Trump was willing to meet Rouhani without preconditions while maintaining its campaign of "maximum pressure" on Iran. Rouhani has had a series of pho
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Tehran (AFP) Sept 11, 2019
President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that the United States' "warmongering" was a failure, as Iran welcomed the sacking of hawkish US national security adviser John Bolton. Rouhani also dismissed the prospect of meeting President Donald Trump at a time his US administration is continuing to slap more crippling sanctions on the Islamic republic. "The Americans must understand that b
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Vienna (AFP) Sept 11, 2019
Iran rejected Wednesday "undue pressure" from the US and Israel over its nuclear programme and warned it could be "counterproductive" to cooperation with the UN's nuclear watchdog. Tehran's ambassador to the International Atomic Agency (IAEA), Kazem Gharib Abadi, told a meeting of the agency's board of governors that recent statements by US officials and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netan
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Sydney (AFP) Sept 12, 2019
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday staunchly defended a Hong Kong-born politician who is under mounting pressure over her links to the Chinese Communist Party. Gladys Liu, the first Chinese-Australian woman elected to the country's parliament, has been accused of being a member of organisations linked to China's ruling party. Public broadcaster ABC revealed that Liu was
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Washington (UPI) Sep 11, 2019
Britain's next-generation autonomous surface vessel, an inflatable combination of drone and boat, had its first public display at a London military trade show on Wednesday. The Pacific Rigid 24 Inflatable Boat, or PAC24, was tested at London's Docklands on the Thames River, with the frigate HMS Argyll present and integrated in the new vessel's data systems. The system, attached to PAC24
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Washington (UPI) Sep 11, 2019
A potential $6.5 billion deal that could bring up to 32 F-35A Lightning II fighter planes to Poland's military was approved by the State Department. The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the certification of the sale to Congress on Tuesday. The proposed sale calls for 32 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Conventional Take Off and Landing aircraft and 33 Pratt & Whitn
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Washington (UPI) Sep 11, 2019
Three U.S. Navy contracts totaling $24.5 million were awarded to KPMG LLP for U.S. Marine Corps audit support services, the Pentagon announced. Each of the contracts, announced Tuesday by the Department of Defense, calls for financial improvement and audit readiness support services to the Deputy Commandant of the Marine Corps, with work expected to be completed by September 2020.
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Berlin (AFP) Sept 11, 2019
Beijing summoned the German ambassador after a meeting between Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong and Germany's foreign minister, China's envoy said Wednesday, as a row between the trading giants escalated over the widening pro-democracy protests in the Asian financial hub. Wong, 22, had arrived late Monday in the German capital, where he met German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas at an event hosted
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Washington (UPI) Sep 11, 2019
The U.S. Marine Corps announced a successful naval exercise in the Philippine and East China seas and in Okinawa, Japan, on Wednesday. The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and Amphibious Squadron 11 conducted a large-scale series of operations in a naval expeditionary combined-arms maneuver, involving Wasp Amphibious Ready Group ships to shore in action conducted between Aug. 9 and Aug. 1
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Al-Daher, Syria (AFP) Sept 11, 2019
Russian air strikes on northwest Syria killed an elderly man overnight, the first such casualty since Moscow declared a ceasefire in the jihadist-run region on August 31, a war monitor said. The truce, which brought a halt to four months of devastating bombardment by the government and its ally Russia on Idlib province, had held despite persistent skirmishes on the ground. But on Tuesday
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Jerusalem (AFP) Sept 12, 2019
Israeli warplanes hit Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip in retaliation for Palestinian rocket fire, a military statement said early Thursday. "Rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip at Israeli territory," it said in English without giving details. "In response...fighter jets and an Israel Defence Forces aircraft struck a number of terror targets in a Hamas military compound in the northern
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Tehran (AFP) Sept 11, 2019
Powerful Iraqi cleric Moqtada Sadr joined Iran's supreme leader during a rare visit to Tehran to mark the Shiite holy day of Ashura, state media reported Wednesday. The office of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued pictures of Sadr flanked by Khamenei on one side, and the commander of the elite Quds Force of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Major General Qasem Soleimani, on
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Washington(UPI) Sep 9, 2019
The U.S. Navy's request for proposals of prototype designs for Large Unmanned Surface Vessels calls for externally-controlled navigation and lengths of about 180 feet. The official release of the Request for Proposals follows the early release of specifications for the first block of corvette-sized LUSVs, which was first released in August. The final RFP follows an LUSV Industry
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Ottawa (AFP) Sept 10, 2019
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government on Tuesday unveiled a 10-year strategic plan for Canada's resource-rich Arctic region that included strengthening its military presence and responding to increasing international competition. The Arctic offers petroleum deposits and wood, as well as a major maritime shortcut between Europe and Asia through the Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arcti
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Washington (UPI) Sep 10, 2019
A team of defense contractors has remotely launched Javelin missiles from an unmanned vehicle. The Javelin Joint Venture team, a partnership of Raytheon Company and Lockheed Martin, fired the Javelin missiles from a Kongsberg remote launcher mounted on a Titan unmanned ground vehicle in a test fire at the U.S. Army Redstone Test Center in Alabama. "Javelin offers true fire-and-fo
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Chicago IL (SPX) Sep 05, 2019
Xenesis, Inc., a leading innovator in communications technology for the space industry, announced its $212.5 million, 4 year agreement with Hartwell Capitol Consulting, LLC. (HHC), for HHC's global distribution of the Xen-Hub, Xenesis' optical communications laser terminal that's capable of transporting data at volumes five to ten times greater than other commercial solutions currently available
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Moscow (Sputnik) Sep 09, 2019
Russian state space corporation Roscosmos will test the modernized Fregat upper stage in 2020 during the blastoff of the Meteor-M meteorological satellite No. 2-3 from the Vostochny space centre, according to materials on the government procurement website. Earlier it was reported Roscosmos planned to create a modernized Fregat upper stage with a new control system by November 30, 2020, wi
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Shanghai (XNA) Sep 09, 2019
China's BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS), a global geolocation network, currently has 39 in-orbit satellites and is expected to be completed in 2020, authorities said Wednesday. At present, the BDS, independently constructed and operated by China, has officially provided RNSS (Radio Navigation Satellite System) services worldwide, with a total of 39 in-orbit satellites, after high-
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Washington (UPI) Sep 10, 2019
A Naval shipyard has a six-week pilot program to improve efficiency after the Navy testified late last year that there were maintenance backlogs nationwide. The Pudget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility in Bremerton, Washington will host the six-week pilot to help the Naval Sea System Command shipyard become more efficient. The Naval Sustainment System-Shi
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Istanbul (AFP) Sept 10, 2019
Turkey has not yet been officially informed by the US that it is excluded from the F-35 fighter jet programme, and hopes to overcome the dispute over its purchase of Russian technology, a top official said on Tuesday. Washington said in July that Turkey would be excluded from the F-35 programme after Ankara bought the Russian S-400 air defence systems. The US fears Russia could glean tec
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Beirut (AFP) Sept 10, 2019
Russia carried out air strikes on jihadist targets in northwestern Syria on Tuesday for the first time since it declared a truce on August 31, a war monitor said. The truce, which brought a halt to four months of devastating air and artillery bombardment by the Syrian government and its Russian ally, had held despite persistent skirmishes on the ground. "Russian aircraft carried out two
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Washington (AFP) Sept 10, 2019
Three former Blackwater security guards convicted in a 2007 shooting spree in Baghdad that killed more than a dozen unarmed civilians and wounded many others, have had their prison sentences reduced by half or more, authorities said Tuesday. The three Americans - Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard - were sentenced to 15, 14 and 12.5 years respectively in Washington on Thursday, acc
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La Fr&#ed;a, Venezuela (AFP) Sept 10, 2019
Venezuela's armed forces chiefs said Tuesday they had begun mobilizing 150,000 troops for military exercises on the Colombian border amid renewed tensions between Bogota and Caracas. President Nicolas Maduro ordered his army to deploy along the 2,200-kilometer (1,400-mile) border after accusing Colombia of plotting to spark a military conflict. Tanks, missile carriers and dozens of troop
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Maxwell AFB AL (The Conversation) Sep 11, 2019
On Sept. 7, India's Chandrayaan-2 lunar mission deployed its Vikram lander for an attempted landing at the Moon's south pole. Communications with the lander were lost just minutes prior to the scheduled landing. Recent imaging suggests that Vikram may have survived the landing intact, but it might be unable to communicate. No matter the outcome, the mission has already proved successful as Chand
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Washington (AFP) Sept 10, 2019
Two of Donald Trump's top lieutenants said Tuesday he is ready to meet his Iranian counterpart without preconditions after the US president sacked his hawkish national security advisor, while insisting there will be no easing of pressure on Tehran. Even as the removal of national security hardliner John Bolton triggered speculation that Trump might soften his approach to Iran, Secretary of S
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Seoul (AFP) Sept 10, 2019
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has supervised a fresh test of a "super-large multiple rocket launcher" system, state media said Wednesday - the latest in a series of provocations by Pyongyang. South Korea's military said Tuesday that the North had launched "unidentified projectiles" from the Kaechon area in South Pyongan province. They flew approximately 330 kilometres (205 miles). The
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Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 10, 2019
Hong Kong's embattled leader warned the United States on Tuesday not to "interfere" with her government's response to the city's pro-democracy movement, after fresh protests called on Washington to ramp up pressure on Beijing. Millions of people have demonstrated over the last 14 weeks in the biggest challenge to China's rule of the financial hub since its handover from Britain in 1997.
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Vienna (AFP) Sept 9, 2019
The UN nuclear watchdog's acting head urged Iran Monday to respond quickly to its concerns as the country abandons further agreed limits to its nuclear activities. Cornel Feruta was addressing the quarterly board meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) a day after meeting high-level Iranian officials in Tehran. He said that in his meetings he "stressed the need for Iran
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Seoul (AFP) Sept 10, 2019
North Korea on Tuesday fired projectiles into the sea, South Korea's military said, hours after Pyongyang said it was willing to hold working-level talks this month with the United States. Negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington have been gridlocked since a second summit between the North's leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump in February ended without a deal. North Kor
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Jerusalem (AFP) Sept 9, 2019
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday accused Iran of having a previously undisclosed site aimed at developing nuclear weapons that it destroyed. Iran destroyed the site located near the city of Abadeh, south of Isfahan, sometime between late June and late July after realising that Israel had detected it, Netanyahu alleged. In an address on live television, with photos of t
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Washington DC (Sputnik) Sep 10, 2019
The United States now faces another "Sputnik moment" of recognizing it cannot take leadership in space for granted, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Joseph Dunford said in a speech acknowledging the relaunch of US Space Command on Monday. "In my view, it's not an overstatement to say that we are at another Sputnik moment and you could argue that the stakes are much higher than they wer
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Peterson AFB CO (SPX) Sep 10, 2019
U.S. Space Command Commander Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond recognized the establishment of the nation's 11th combatant command in a joint ceremony here. Following the formal establishment ceremony in the White House Rose Garden on August 29th, this latest ceremony provided an opportunity for the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines to hear from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen.
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Moscow (AFP) Sept 9, 2019
France said Monday that the time had come to start easing tensions with Russia as senior ministers held four-way talks in Moscow not seen since the crisis over Ukraine broke out. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said there was a "window of opportunity" for resolving the Ukraine conflict after a landmark prisoner exchange on Saturday, but that it was too soon to talk of lifting sanc
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Paris, France (SPX) Sep 06, 2019
The Independent Inquiry Commission, tasked with analyzing the failure of Vega Flight VV15, submitted its findings on Wednesday, September 4, 2019. Co-chaired by the Inspector General of the European Space Agency (ESA); and the Senior Vice President, Technical and Quality of Arianespace; the Commission was appointed on Thursday, July 11, 2019. According to its assigned task, after hav
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Moscow (Sputnik) Sep 06, 2019
Malaysia is interested in receiving access to Russian technologies, including those in the space industry, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said during his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday. Malaysia, on its part, could help Russia boost its presence in South East Asia, the prime minister added. The Russian president, in his turn, said that Malaysia w
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Guildford UK (The Conversation) Sep 02, 2019
The space race between the US and Russia ended half a century ago when US astronauts became the first to walk on the moon. Today there's yet another race, prompted by China's successful landing on the far side of the moon and involving private companies as well as national space agencies, to put humans back on the lunar surface. But building a moon base and actually living on the moon will
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Stennis Space Center MS (SPX) Aug 28, 2019
NASA cleared a milestone in preparation for Green Run testing of its Space Launch System (SLS) core stage with an Aug. 23/24 lift and installation of the core stage pathfinder simulator onto the B-2 Test Stand at Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Miss. The lift and installation of the core stage pathfinder - a size and weight replica of the SLS core stage - is helping teams at Stennis pre
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London, UK (SPX) Sep 06, 2019
OneWeb, whose goal is to connect everyone everywhere, today announced the details of its Arctic high-speed, low-latency internet service. OneWeb will deliver 375 Gbps of capacity above the 60th parallel North. With service starting in 2020, there will be enough capacity to give fiber-like connectivity to hundreds of thousands of homes, planes, and boats, connecting millions across the Arctic.
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Beijing (AFP) Sept 9, 2019
China lashed out at the United States on Monday after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Beijing's treatment of the country's ethnic Uighur minority among "the worst stains on the world". Speaking at Kansas State University last week, Pompeo said Washington would use this month's UN General Assembly to rally support for the Uighurs, a mostly Muslim minority that has seen mass incarceratio
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Taipei (AFP) Sept 10, 2019
A Canadian frigate was passing through the Taiwan Strait on Tuesday, Taipei's defence ministry said, in the latest of a string of such voyages likely to provoke Beijing. The ministry said in a statement it was closely monitoring as the Canadian warship sailed through the narrow waterway separating the Chinese mainland and Taiwan in a "freedom of navigation" operation. It did not identify th
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Cairo (AFP) Sept 9, 2019
Videos posted online by an Egyptian construction contractor accusing President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and the military of corruption have gone viral, sparking a rare debate about the army's growing economic empire. Mohamed Aly, 45, a fledgling actor alongside his construction business, claims that authorities have misappropriated millions of Egyptian pounds in public funds. He also alleges
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Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2019
The USS Wasp has departed from the U.S. 7th Fleet after less than two years deployed in Japan in a home port shift with the USS America set to replace it later this year. The Navy announced Thursday that the USS America will replace the Wasp as part of the 7th Fleet forward-deployed amphibious naval forces in Sasebo, Japan, later this year. The America will be accompanied by a landing p
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[l] at 9/9/19 12:59am
Moscow (AFP) Sept 6, 2019
President Vladimir Putin on Thursday gave a dressing down to space officials on a visit to Russia's long-delayed and corruption-tainted cosmodrome in the Far East. The Vostochny cosmodrome was originally supposed to be running manned launches from last year but the grand project has been consistently behind schedule. At a meeting with the head of the country's space agency Dmitry Rogozin
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Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2019
The U.S. Navy announced the test launch of unarmed Trident II missiles from the USS Nebraska on Friday. Two launches occurred on Wednesday, and two on Friday, off the coast of Southern California. The tests from the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine were part of a Commander Evaluation Test to validate performance expectations of the Trident II strategic weapon system. The la
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Washington (AFP) Sept 7, 2019
North Korea must stop blocking nuclear talks with the United States before it is too late, the US special envoy to that country said amid a stalemate in the negotiations. "If we are to succeed, North Korea must set aside its search for obstacles to negotiations and instead seek the opportunities for engagement while that opportunity lasts," Stephen Biegun said Friday in a speech at the Unive
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Tehran (AFP) Sept 8, 2019
Iran's atomic agency chief hit out Sunday at European powers, saying their broken promises gave the Islamic republic little choice but to scale back its commitments under a nuclear deal. Ali Akbar Salehi was speaking to reporters alongside Cornel Feruta, the acting head of the International Atomic Energy Agency who was on a one-day visit to Tehran. The IAEA official's visit came less tha
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Paris (AFP) Sept 8, 2019
French President Emmanuel Macron senses an opportunity to bring Russia's Vladimir Putin back in from the cold and potentially help usher in peace in Ukraine, an ambitious - and risky - undertaking that Western allies might not welcome. In the latest sign of Macron's diplomatic drive, France's foreign and defence ministers, Jean-Yves Le Drian and Florence Parly, will meet their Russian coun
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Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2019
NATO announced this week air policing over the Baltic Sea will be administered by fighter planes of Belgium, the Czech Republic and Denmark. Beginning this month, NATO said the three detachments will replace those of Hungary, Britain and Spain, which have patrolled the region since May. A changeover ceremony will take place next week at their airfield at Siauliai, Lithuania. The
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Seoul (AFP) Sept 7, 2019
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has berated officials for their "easygoing" attitude to the approach of Typhoon Lingling, state media reported. The powerful storm is expected to make landfall in the North on Saturday afternoon after passing off the coast of South Korea, according to Seoul's Korea Meteorological Administration. Kim convened an emergency meeting on Friday and said "dangero
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Luxembourg (SPX) Sep 09, 2019
Kleos Space has been awarded a contract to participate in the United States Air Force Space Vehicle Directorates Catalyst (AFRL/RV) Space Accelerator program (CSA). The newly appointed VP of Business Development for the program, Danny McGrane, will represent Kleos Space in the 12-weeks, semi-residential program located in Colorado Springs. The CSA is sponsored by Air Force Research Lab's S
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Orlando FL (UPI) Sep 06, 2019
Firefly Aerospace, one of several new rocket companies working on orbital launch services, has pushed back its first launch to early 2020 due to supplier delays. "We were trying for this year, but won't get there," Eric Salwan, Firefly's director of commercial business development told UPI. "Primarily, we are having issues with a few externally sourced components, such as the flight termin
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[l] at 9/9/19 12:59am
Tehran (AFP) Sept 7, 2019
Iran said Saturday it had fired up advanced centrifuges to boost its enriched uranium stockpiles, its latest scaling-back of commitments under a crumbling 2015 nuclear deal. The Islamic republic was acting on a threat to further abandon its nuclear commitments based on a deadline it set for European powers to do something to shield it from US sanctions. The country's Atomic Energy Organi

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